MSI delays Windows 7 tablet until next year

Despite having years to come up with something good, it seems that manufacturers are struggling to get a Windows 7 tablet into the market that competes with the Apple iPad.

The latest news is that MSI is delaying the launch of its Intel-powered Windows 7 tablet until 2011.

Both Intel and Redmond want desperately to get a tablet into the market to compete with Apple’s effort and the lower cost Android slates which are powered by ARM-based chip designs.

MSI said that that the delay is due in large part to the switch to Intel’s newer Oak Trail platform, which won’t be available until early 2011.

According to Uber Gizmo the outfit said that the current Intel chips use too much juice and are too slow for MSI’s cunning plans.

MSI has already decided that its WindPad 110 will be powered by Android and the ARM-based dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 250 chipset. This gear is still coming out later this year. MSI is building a mobile app store for the WindPad.

With all this Android stuff out there and a lack of decent chips, it is a wonder that MSI is even bothering to give Wintel a chance next year.

After all if WindPad is a success, then why would it risk trying to shift platforms and hardware? If it tanks then MSI will just pull out of tablets all together.